Winter Camping in the UP

The Awesome Mitten - Winter Camping in the UP

This post was originally published on December 18th, 2012. It was originally written by Claire Moore, but has been updated by Vaughn Springer. Most Michiganders have acclimated to the occasionally extreme weather of Michigan’s winters. We’ve evolved into a resilient, adaptive species with an ever-growing taste for experimental outdoor recreation.  Winter camping has become a […]

Michigan’s Hidden Mountain Range

The Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula are every back-country camper’s dream. 60,000 acres cover untouched Michigan forest, full of sugar maple, yellow birch, and eastern hemlock trees. Fantastic waterfalls and hidden natural springs flow into Lake Superior at the northern crest of the park. Many other lakes are within the forest and easiest to see […]

Celebrating Michigan’s Birthday With 10 Of Our Favorite Facts

180 years ago, on January 26th, 1837, our beautiful mitten became the 26th addition to the United States. Here at The Awesome Mitten we’re celebrating Michigan’s birthday with our annual bake-off and the newly added Michigan Scavenger Hunt. We’re not the only ones celebrating our favorite state! Our friends over at DTE Energy gathered a list of 180 […]

Celebrate National S’mores Day on August 10

National S'mores Day

On August 10, people sitting around campfires everywhere will celebrate National S’mores Day. Personally, I don’t need a special day to enjoy my favorite campfire snack, but I’ll gladly use the excuse to grab a stick and roast a marshmallow in celebration. And you should too! In case you don’t know, a s’more (from “some […]

Experience the Stars at Headlands Dark Sky Park

As the end of summer approaches, I begin to slightly panic that my favorite Michigan season is quickly slipping by. It’s around this time that I put forth extra effort to cram in as many adventures as I can. There is only so much one can do in a day, but what if there was something to […]

Survivor in Michigan: North Manitou Island

North Manitou - The Awesome Mitten

I am not what most people would consider outdoorsy. I can’t start a fire without a gallon of lighter fluid and have a great fondness for indoor plumbing. But, three years after my first ever camping trip, I recently found myself with 25 pounds of gear strapped to my back and aboard a ferry to […]

Ultimate Packing List For Michigan Adventures

Ultimate Packing List for Michigan Adventures - Awesome Mitten

Michigan’s summer has arrived, mostly, and you’re probably thinking about road trips to see the Mackinac Bridge, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Porcupine Mountains. If you’re anything like me, the days leading up to your planned adventure you’re mostly likely excited, anxious, and stressed. “Where did I put my tent? Why am I packing so much? […]

“Daylight in the Swamp!”: A Michigan Hunter’s Tale

“DAYLIGHT IN THE SWAMP!” The dust is shaken from the 1960s’ Airstream Trailer as Dean, a lifelong member of the deer camp, throws open the door and wakes me and 2 other men with a holler. Normally it takes a series of alarms to get me out of bed, but every November 15th, merely whispering […]

A Must See List for Michigan State Park Camping Adventures

Michigan State Parks - Awesome Mitten

Just because summer is winding down doesn’t mean it’s time to put away your camping gear just yet. Michigan is known for its awesome camping opportunities throughout the state – including over 100 state parks! Just because of Michigan’s seasonal changes, you shouldn’t be afraid to visit one of the 13,500+ campsites after Labor Day. Everyone thinks state […]

Why you should live Michigan by camping Michigan

For many Michiganders, August signifies the beginning of the decline in camping excursions. Sweet memories have been made, adventures taken, and there is always the lingering smell of campfire smoke that just won’t seem to leave all of your clothing! Truth is, Michigan is one of the best places in the country for camping. This […]

Enjoy camping with your Home Canned Goods

Summer is on the way out and fall is just around the corner. Are you ready to cram in a few last minute get-a-ways? Think camping! We Michiganders have full access to amazing state parks and gorgeous bodies of water.  Packing up the RV or camping rustic style is a tradition for many families.  So […]


The Awesome Mitten-DALMAC 01

What is DALMAC? It is the Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw Bicycle Tour. It is a camping tour, which means at the start of each day, participants wake up in a tent, break down camp and then ride all day to their next campsite. DALMAC is staffed by volunteer members of the Tri-County Bicycle Association. […]

Manitou Island Transit

The Awesome Mitten - Manitou Island Transit

My favorite part of our mitten state are the Great Lakes and all the other bodies of water Michigan is blessed with.  Scattered throughout these beautiful lakes are several islands and peninsulas of all shapes and sizes. Two such islands, located just off of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, are the South and North Manitou islands. In […]